One of the best times we’ve had in Galena was living upstairs from the Iditarod checkpoint. It was a surprise the first time, waking up one day and finding a dog yard at the base of the steps. This year, we hosted Norwegian media who needed our bandwidth (over the phone line!), and we met Fabrizio Lovati, who was happily surprised running into Isabella’s fluent Italian. My mom came to visit to see the Iditarod, too, and she got to help out and visit with the mushers and dogs.

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